The Archangels of DreamlandAuthor:
Steven L. FawcetteBuy it Link: Amazon.com
I had the luxury to have a long conversation with the author of this book prior to reading it (At MileHiCon) One of the most interesting things Mr. Fawcette stated to me was not only is he a former high level Department of Defense contractor who worked at Groomlake (Area 51) but that he was privy to many of the â€œinterestingâ€ facts that we all can only wonder about at Area 51.
In our conversation, he stated that his book has a variety of truths in it saying that â€œYou can say many things in fiction that you canâ€™t say in factâ€
Having said all that this book is Science Fiction with an epic Religious component to it.
After our conversation I was very eager to read the book, the author had me all jazzed up to read his story. I started reading the book the night I got it despite my plans to read another book before this one.
We have all read or seen various stories that revolved around the Roswell incident in 1947 when an alleged UFO crashed in that area. Steven Fawcette takes that idea and does something very unique with it.
His idea goes as such: The alleged 1947 UFO incident in Roswell actually occurred, which allowed the United States to recover critical technology permitting the U.S. to defeat the Soviets during the Cold War and thus changing the future. But this event also puts into motion apocalyptic Biblical events that point to the end of the world.
Weaving together a fast paced, action packed story with a wide variety of characters and settings, Mr. Fawcette attempts to put forth a story of epic proportions that leaves you desperately wanting to know whatâ€™s going to happen next. You are never longing for action or for the story to advance, the book moves smoothly from one passage to another. There is a clear line between good and evil and character motivations are solid and not ambiguous.
Since religion plays a major factor in the story, people of faith will find the story more epic than those who are less inclined to believe in a higher power. Having said that, the book will read as simple fiction to those less faith based, but will still find it very enjoyable and no one should let the religious component deter them from reading this book.
As much as I enjoyed the story, it certainly is not with out its flaws. As I said earlier, Mr. Fawcette obviously attempted to put together an epic â€œend of the worldâ€ story. But it falls just a bit short of that. For one when the â€œepicâ€ events are taking place, I found myself wanting to know how the whole world was reacting, how was religion of all faiths world wide taking the events unfolding in the American south west? I think the reader would get a better epic feel to the story had a few more pages been spent on telling us how the world was reacting.
Also, a couple of the bad guys where high level government officials and they did not get to those positions by acting like irrational, crazy people, but in a few scenes they were reacting a little over the top for my tastes. You end up asking yourself â€œHow did this lunatic get this far into the government?â€
Anyway, donâ€™t let these minor complaints turn you away from this book, nothing in this world is perfect, but Mr. Fawcette tells a very enjoyable story, so enjoyable in fact that a major motion picture based on this book is in the works. Also, the story is not settled at the end of the book and I understand itâ€™s intended to be a series of seven books and that Mr. Fawcette is busy getting the next book finished.
Now as too what little bits of â€œfactâ€ that got slipped into this story that Mr. Fawcette alluded too with his cryptic statement to me, I am not clear what they were after reading the story, but it certainly makes the book far more intriguing and I would love to sit down with the Author and try to pick his brain and get more detailed information. I do have my suspicions on what these â€œfactsâ€ might be and if true they have the potential to be quite scary.
In the end I will rate Archangels of Dreamland a solid 4 out 5 possible city ending earthquakes. I take one point off because the story was so narrowly focused that it missed an opportunity to have a real epic feel to it by excluding the reaction of the rest of the world to events unfolding in the U.S.
All in all a good and entertaining read. We do reviews and updates of projects of Sci-Fi movies, television, and books. As well as Horror, Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Anime.
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